The Balsillie Papers provides clear, concise, peer-reviewed articles about today’s most complex issues in global governance and international affairs.


The status of the climate after COVID-19: using ethics to overcome scientific uncertainty

Hind A. Al-Abadleh and Stephen F. Haller

As pandemic restrictions ease, will we try to maintain our current lifestyles and familiar economic policies? Or, will we rise to the challenge of our time and meet the responsibility of doing things differently?



State-Sponsored Boycotts of Sport Mega Events: Considerations for Sport Governors and State Policymakers

Tim Elcombe
Success in high profile international sporting competitions often generates unmatched sources of collective pride and national spirit that can unify a nation. With increased pride and national spirit, however, can also come controversy and division.

Planes, Trains and Quarantines: Travelling to Canada in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alan Whiteside
In this article, I set out the processes, as they were enforced in May 2021, for the journey from the UK to Canada. It is a reflection on the past year, the lessons learnt, and the bizarre experience of travelling in a time of plague.
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Zero Fossil Fuels Dependence Requires a National Commission

Jatin Nathwani and Ann Fitz-Gerald
Canada’s dependence on fossil fuels is both a blessing and a curse: the oil and gas sector currently delivers massive economic benefits, but with an environmental sting that precludes its expansion as global targets for greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) tighten.